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Friday, December 15, 2017

DCF/CPS Kidnaps Kids. Be Aware of Their Dirty tricks....My story

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We don't have CPS here in Florida. We have a similar bloated bureaucratic cesspool called DCF. DCF standing for Department of Children and Families. I have plenty of experience dealing with local type law enforcement agencies but, this was my first time dealing with this type of state agency. I am writing this so people can learn from my experience and arm themselves with knowledge and know their dirty tricks to look for if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. Remember, they don't call it an agency for a reason, agency sounds cold and invasive so they say "department" or "services"but, it is an agency run by agents just like any other law enforcement agency, it is a family law agency though, not a criminal law agency. You must remember that all your constitutional rights apply and you need to use them just like you were being accused of murder. Don't let them in the house and lawyer up immediately.

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Four Kids Faced With Choosing Between Foster Care or Following Their Deported Father to Mexico



After their father and sole caretaker was recently deported to Mexico, his four children—the oldest of whom is just 10—will be forced to enter the foster care system in Kentucky if they can’t come up with the money to be reunited with their father.

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4 Marion County Schools employees disciplined after alleged failure to report abuse to DCF

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Four Marion County Schools employees -- the former principal of Anthony Elementary School and three school officials -- have been reprimanded after an allegation that they did not report abuse to the Department of Children and Families after being notified by a parent that a developmentally disabled first-grader was alleged to have been touched inappropriately.

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Note: The bastards.

When a foster child runs away, answers are hard to find

Shantel French couldn’t keep her eyes off of her cellphone while we talked about her foster daughter.

The 15-year-old had been missing for nine days when we met at her South Philly home, and the first-time foster mom was frantic.

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Lawsuit settled over jailing of Arkansas foster child without warrant

A civil-rights case centered around the 2016 jailing of an Arkansas foster child without a warrant was settled last week in federal court.

Details about the settlement, which was approved Dec. 5, could not be determined Wednesday.

The lawsuit, first filed in March, asserted that the 14-year-old was deprived of his civil rights through false arrest and imprisonment and that the deputy prosecuting attorney who ordered the jailing routinely detained others without cause.

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State Settles Suit Claiming Abuse at Foster Home for $1.5M

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Social and Health Services has settled the first lawsuit claiming abuse and negligence at a state-licensed foster home that closed in 1994.

The Lewis County Chronicle reported Thursday that the department agreed to pay $1.5 million to be split equally between the three plaintiffs listed in the 2015 lawsuit.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Adoptive, biological families battle for control of Grace Packer's estate



Grace Packer’s biological parents believe her adoptive grandparents knew she was being beaten and verbally abused in the years before she was raped and killed.

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Justina Pelletier wasn't allowed home for Christmas



Millions of people head home each Christmas season. Some can’t make it due to a whole variety of reasons. But imagine that the reason you couldn’t be home, with your family, for Christmas was because the government took you from your parents, all over a dispute over medical care. That is exactly what happened to Justina Pelletier.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

HSLDA Sues Kentucky Officials for Forcibly Entering Family’s Home, Strip-Searching Six Children

A Kentucky social worker forced her way into a family’s home and strip-searched all six of their children in front of a male police officer, according to a lawsuit filed by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) against the social worker and the officer.

On December 5, 2017, HSLDA filed the complaint detailing how the two officials violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of Holly Curry and her children.

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'We ought to be embarrassed': Public outcry over 11-year-old handcuffed at gunpoint

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids residents - many of which have never met an 11-year-old girl handcuffed by police at gunpoint last week - implored the city commission Tuesday night to bring justice to the situation and to hold the police accountable.

"When a little girl has a grown man pointing a gun at her, and she's seen hundreds of black men and women get killed on the internet - do you not think she thought she could get killed?" said Deborah Jandle, a clinical social worker, to the city commission. "I hope you get sued."

More >> 'We ought to be embarrassed': Public outcry over 11-year-old handcuffed at gunpoint

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

St. Charles foster parent and former school worker accused of fondling children



ST. CHARLES, MO – A former City of St. Charles School District maintenance worker has been charged with statutory sodomy and assault.  Court documents say that Samuel Sanchez-Mora, 39, of St. Peters was a foster care provider.  Police say he victimized two foster children in his home. The children are no longer in his care.  He is currently in police custody with a 100,000 bond.

The probable cause statement says that Sanchez-Mora was taking care of two girls between the ages of 8 and 10-years-old.   They were both under the supervision of other foster parents.  Sanchez-Mora was providing respite care. He is accused of violating the girls at the same time.

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Sisters at Catholic orphanage force-fed residents, child abuse inquiry hears

A former resident of a Catholic orphanage has told an inquiry how she was severely punished for wetting the bed.

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Complaint Accuses DHS Of Increasingly Separating Families At The Border

Carlos Batres Aguilar refused to separate from his son after arriving at the US–Mexico border seeking asylum last November, despite days of pressure from immigration officials.

Days later, he said, on Nov. 16, an immigration official told him and a group of other fathers that he had orders to separate them. As Batres was taken out of a cell to identify his belongings, immigration officials took him and other fathers away from their kids. It was the last time he saw his 12-year-old son Dominic.

“They told us if we didn’t accept the rules they would take them by force,” Batres, who is from El Salvador, told BuzzFeed News. “I don’t understand why they’re treating us like this. It’s not like we committed a crime.”

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Dozens of Hillsborough kids land in foster care due to poverty, and You Pay For It

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Most kids land in foster care due to child abuse or neglect, but some are there only because their parents can’t provide adequate housing. In other words, because they’re poor.

“The only thing that’s keeping these children from their parents is an adequate living condition,” said child advocate Robin Rosenberg.

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ACLU fights to free mother serving 30 years for failing to protect children from abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY - The ACLU of Oklahoma is working to free a mother of three from a 30-year prison sentence. Civil rights advocates are headed to court Tuesday to try to right what they call a wrong.

“What our suit seeks is essentially to free her. It's called a writ of habeas corpus, and what it would do is essentially say she's done," said Brady Henderson, legal director with ACLU. "This sentence should have never have been anywhere near this long.”

It was back in 2004. Tondalo Hall was in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr. He was beating her and then began abusing her children.

“On that particular night, she had to take her kids to the hospital because something was wrong and, when she did, what she found out was that the same man that was abusing her was abusing those kids,” Henderson said.

More >> ACLU fights to free mother serving 30 years for failing to protect children from abuse

2 children in state care spent hours in DCYF office because shelter wasn’t available

State had cancelled contract with Pawtucket emergency placement shelter in effort to reduce the number of children in group-home settings, said DCYF Director Trista Piccola.

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Governor, Auditor Spar Over Child Welfare Report

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker and state Auditor Suzanne Bump, a Democrat, sparred Monday over a recently released audit that claimed Massachusetts' child welfare agency was unaware of or failed to report to prosecutors hundreds of injuries sustained by children in its care.

In a letter sent Monday to employees of the Department of Children and Families, Baker criticized Bump for basing her report on data from two or three years ago and discussing it "like it happened yesterday."

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Foster mom charged in 2016 homicide of teen with autism, family says

Lydia Whitford's foster mother has been charged in connection with the 18-year-old's death, the teen's family says.

Lisa Marie Campbell, 26, was arrested in Winnipeg on Thursday and charged with manslaughter in connection with Whitford's death in the rural municipality of Springfield, Man., in July 2016, RCMP said Monday.

More >> Foster mom charged in 2016 homicide of teen with autism, family says

Film depicts reality for young parents at risk of having a child taken into care


When you’re in care, having a baby is like walking through a door. On the other side, you’re not a kid who can ask for help any more; you’re an unfit mum getting ready to do what’s expected of you – fail.”

For Elise and Jocasta*, this line in a new animated film by children’s advocacy charity Just for Kids Law sets out the reality for young people who become pregnant while in foster care and discover their baby is at risk of being removed. Both women advised on the storyline and scripting of the film, drawing on the frustrations and fears they experienced while going through care proceedings themselves.

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How The Army’s Flub Let A Felon Become A Foster Parent In Texas



But some important information didn’t show up in a state background check before a foster-care agency hired McQueen and his wife last March to care for abused and neglected children

Two years ago, former Army 1st Sgt. McQueen pleaded guilty to more than a dozen military charges for attempting to run a prostitution ring in Fort Hood. As part of the plea deal he was demoted to private, sentenced to 24 months in prison, was stripped of his retirement pay and received a dishonorable discharge.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Teen jailed for sexually abusing foster kids in his parents' care

A teenage boy has been jailed for more than four years for sexually abusing two young children who had been placed in his family's care by Child Youth and Family.

The youth's parents were also convicted of physically assaulting a child in their care.

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15 years for foster mother who burnt child to death

Pretoria - Anna Mahlangu, 64, sobbed loudly as she went down the stairs to the holding cells of the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, after being sentenced to 15 years for the murder of her 13-year-old foster child.

Mahlangu, who was wearing a striped skirt, doek (scarf), tracksuit top and scarf, hugged her family members before disappearing from view.

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Forced adoptions deserve a proper apology, too.

Anne Preston's story had a happy ending, but thousands of mothers who had their children stolen away by government-funded agencies live every day with a void in their hearts. Perhaps they deserve an apology and a commitment to help heal the wounds, Mr. Trudeau.

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Protecting Our Children: Controversy lingers at Capitol over arming teachers in schools

HARRISBURG – As schools grapple with the challenge of ensuring that their students are as safe as possible, the push to clarify whether schools can allow educators to carry firearms will likely carry over into 2018.

The state Senate approved Senate Bill 383, a measure that would allow schools to give the OK for staff to carry firearms, in a 28-22 vote in June. The bill is currently under consideration by the House Education Committee.

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Child protection worries spawn variety of bills

HARRISBURG – The struggle to help the state’s child protection safety net cope with the increased demands placed on it by the opioid crisis has spawned with at least seven bills in the General Assembly, but the process of moving them forward has so far been slow.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Indian-American toddler Sherin Mathews’ gravesite location released



After #Sherin Mathews’ body was discovered on October 22 in a culvert less than a mile from the Mathews’ family home, her 35-year-old mother, Sini Mathews, held a private burial service, which was attended by relatives and a gathering of family friends, the Asian Age reported. According to reports by a number of news agencies, the exact location where the Indian-American [VIDEO] toddler was buried was a closely guarded secret, attributed to the level of social media attention and “intense press,” the Age relayed.

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"When I adopted three children I thought my life was complete, instead I was plunged into a dark despair"



When Fiona Dunn adopted her three children she thought her life was complete.

Fiona, 53, and her husband Neal, 52, always knew they wanted to be parents, but having met in their late 30s, they found themselves unable to conceive.


So nine years ago they adopted two girls and a boy, siblings who were part of a larger family, through an adoption agency.

But, despite her joy at finally becoming a mum, Fiona, a tax specialist from Rochdale, found herself plunged into a dark despair.

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Note: Boo hoo. 

Minnesota 2-year-old’s death in foster home investigated

After a 2-year-old girl died in a St. Paul residence this month, the state suspended the home’s foster care license.

Police said Tuesday they continue to investigate the circumstances of the child’s death on Nov. 13. No one has been arrested and police have not said whether they believe the girl’s death is suspicious.

More >> Minnesota 2-year-old’s death in foster home investigated

Child Protective Services Poses A Serious Threat to Our Children



The Huffington Post has released a report on Child Protective Services (CPS) by Child Advocate and contributor Patricia Mitchell, founder of Patricia’s Children, Inc. The report is filled with documented data that is important for all families to know, due to the threat that CPS poses to literally every family in America.

Some of the data in the report will come as no surprise to the families impacted by medical kidnapping. While children and parents are being destroyed behind closed agency and courtroom doors, the majority of the public remains blissfully ignorant of the reality, much like the citizens in Eastern Europe were unaware of the atrocities happening to their fellow citizens in the concentration camps under the Nazi regime.

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180 orphanages want to shut down

With the state insisting on mandatory registration of orphanages under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act by December 15, at least 180 institutions have informed the government that they are not willing to register and are planning to shut down their operations.

The orphanages are citing serious financial crunch and loss of decisionmaking powers with regard to the admission of children, if they are brought under the JJ Act. A couple of such applications sent by the orphanages to the government, accessed by TOI, says that they want the children to be shifted from their institutions to places that are deemed fit by the government.

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Auditor General: PA Child Welfare System Beset By ‘Breathtaking’ Turnover

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The auditor general has briefed a state House committee on a devastating report on Pennsylvania’s child welfare system, which concludes there is a lack of support for caseworkers on the front lines.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale appeared before the state House Children and Youth Committee to discuss his “State of the Child” report issued in September. DePasquale painted a bleak picture: at-risk children ill-served by a system plagued by what he termed the ‘breathtaking’ turnover of overworked, underpaid, stressed employees.

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Ballarat Orphanage abuse victim devastated by decision not to lay charges against former superintendent

A former resident of a children's home in Ballarat says she is devastated by a decision to drop sex abuse charges against her overseer, who is considered too ill to face court.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Data mining program designed to predict child abuse proves unreliable, DCFS says

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is ending a high-profile program that used computer data mining to identify children at risk for serious injury or death after the agency's top official called the technology unreliable.


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They say they suffered ‘cruel and sadistic’ abuse as kids at Ontario training schools — and the government paid them to keep quiet

The Ontario government has secretly settled hundreds of lawsuits alleging historic sexual, physical and emotional abuse by teachers and staff at provincially run schools for troubled youth, a Toronto Star investigation has found.

Staff and teachers were accused of sodomizing students, forcing them to perform oral sex, and pushing them to engage in "scrambles," a sort of fight club where students were encouraged to beat one another.

More >> They say they suffered ‘cruel and sadistic’ abuse as kids at Ontario training schools — and the government paid them to keep quiet

Don’t Give Kids Holiday Gifts That Can Spy on Them

During the holiday season, my husband and I tend to offer suggestions to those who are generous enough to insist on buying presents for our kids. Things like “Don’t spend more than $50” and “No guns.” Or, for those with whom we can be comfortably blunt, “Just cash, please.”

The idea is to make gift-giving less stressful and expensive and to make it less likely that the gift givers will waste money on things our kids don’t need — or that we simply would rather they didn’t have.

This year we’re adding a new rule to our list: No toys that can spy. The idea: to keep seemingly innocuous internet-connected devices that may compromise our privacy and security out of our home and especially out of our children’s hands.

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Monster foster mother starves to death her son in order to get state benefits.



Lyubov Korokova a foster mother from Magadan a city that is located 5 900 km from Moscow is being accused of starving her son to death in order to claim state benefits. She was fooling doctors to believe that her foster son Valery Kondourov had s rare disease.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Heslam: Scathing report upsets foster mom

A couple of years ago, Barbara Papile got a call from a social worker asking her if she could take in a 1-month-old baby girl. Papile went to the hospital to see the baby, who had been abused by her teenage father and had 30 broken bones.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Report: Pa.’s child welfare system broken

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale thinks the state’s child welfare system is broken, and the head of McKean County’s Children and Youth Services doesn’t disagree.

Earlier this week, DePasquale briefed the state House Children and Youth Committee on a year-long review of the state’s child welfare system. His office prepared a report, “State of the Child,” which included a focus on learning how the opioid crisis in putting more of a strain on the CYS system “as they strive to keep Pennsylvania’s at-risk children safe.”

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Caseworker turnover affecting Nebraska youth in foster care

LINCOLN, NEB. — An annual report on foster care shows more than half the juveniles in out-of-home care in Nebraska had three or more caseworker changes.

An unstable workforce makes it hard to ensure children are safe and getting what they need, said Julie Rogers, Nebraska's inspector general of child welfare. It can also affect caseloads and morale, she said.

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Audit: DCF Missing Serious Injuries Suffered By Kids In Its Care

BOSTON (CBS) — The Department of Children and Families did not know about 260 serious injuries to kids under the agency’s care, including gunshot wounds, burns, broken bones and head contusions.

That is one of the glaring findings of a report released Thursday by State Auditor Suzanne Bump, who analyzed two years of DCF data in 2014 and 2015.

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DCF faces high turnover of investigators, leaving new employees with caseload

(WEAR) — The Florida agency in charge of child welfare has a big problem with employee turnover. Channel 3 News has learned most Child Protective Investigators (CPI) with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in the northwest district have not been in their positions more than a year.


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Report: Massachusetts DCF Failed to Report Rapes, Abuse, Other Crimes Against Children

The Boston Globe is reporting that an audit scheduled to be released Thursday shows that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families failed to report rapes and other crimes committed against children in their care.

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Illinois Dumps George Sheldon's 'Failed' Predictive Analytics Program

The last of the legacy George Sheldon hoped for at the Illinois Department of Children and Families (DCFS) crumbled this week when Sheldon's successor ended a Florida company's high-profile program meant to identify children at risk for serious injury or death.

"We are not doing the predictive analytics because it didn't seem to be predicting much," new DCFS Director Beverly "B.J." Walker told the Chicago Tribune. The story was reported in Wednesday morning's edition.

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DCYF lawsuit reaches potential $1 million settlement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Officials are predicting a settlement of more than $1 million in the near future in a decade-old civil rights lawsuit against Rhode Island's child welfare agency.

House Fiscal Advisor Sharon Reynolds Ferland told the House committee Tuesday to expect a legal settlement of $1.2 million. But she says the settlement might be "much larger."

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Foster father hid Sherin's body with trash, disposed corpse in tunnel

Houston: Police in Dallas have shared new details about the mysterious death of Indian toddler Sherin Mathews, alleging that her Indian-American foster father bundled her "stiff and cold" body in the back of his car with a bag of trash and hid her corpse in a culvert.

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Mother of Runaway Teen Shot Sues Child Welfare Officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of a Tennessee teenager who was killed a month after he ran away from a foster home is suing the head of the Department of Children's Services and three of its employees.

News outlets report a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by 14-year-old Tirell Hill's mother says the state officials failed to find safe, stable and appropriate places for Hill to stay during his eight months in state custody.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Merry Christmas from Legally Kidnapped

I finished my Christmas Special early this year.

‘Political dirty trick’: False claim of child abuse alleged in Texas House race

Just days before the race for the 99th Texas House seat kicks into high gear, a lawsuit has been filed alleging a malicious “political ‘dirty trick’ ” in last year’s election.

The district, which has been represented by state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, since 2001, is expected to feature a marquee Republican primary battle between Geren and former longtime family friend Bo French — a repeat of the political face-off voters saw in 2016.

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Lawsuit filed in shooting death of 14-year-old boy who ran from DCS custody

The family of a 14-year-old boy killed after he ran away from a foster home has filed a lawsuit against the head of the Department of Children's Services and three of its employees.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Ten new charges in foster child death case specify dates, injuries


Special prosecutors have added 10 charges to the 39 leveled against Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum in the death of a 2-year-old foster child in their care, bringing the total criminal charges to 49.

Their case is specially set for trial in March, though defense attorney Corinne Mull told Henry County Judge Brian Amero Tuesday morning that the proceedings would need to stall given the new charges.

More >> Ten new charges in foster child death case specify dates, injuries

Arizona DCS disbands citizen-review panels, brings oversight in-house

The state’s child-welfare agency is disbanding citizen panels intended to bring an outside view on its work and is moving the effort in-house.

Critics, surprised by the Nov. 21 notification from Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay, say they fear the move will further insulate DCS from outside oversight on its operations.

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Mother of girl who died in kinship care fights for resurrection of Serenity's Law

The mother of Serenity, a four-year-old girl who died of horrific injuries after being placed in kinship care on a central Alberta reserve, hopes her daughter's death ushers in new protections for vulnerable children.

On Tuesday, the woman will sit in the gallery of the Alberta legislature as Calgary MLA Mike Ellis attempts to resurrect Bill 216, also known as Serenity's Law. She cannot be identified under provincial child welfare legislation so as not to identify her other children.

More >> Mother of girl who died in kinship care fights for resurrection of Serenity's Law

Former DCF official faces more child porn charges

A former Florida Department of Children and Families spokesman arrested last week on child pornography charges now faces additional charges, according to court records.

Thomas William Barnes, 67, of 3500 NW 38th St., on Thursday was charged with one count of possession of obscene material involving sexual performance by a child and one count of promoting a photo of a sexual performance by a child, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

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NJ Atty Sued After Appeal Nixing $102M Child Abuse Verdict

A New Jersey lawyer has been slammed with a state court lawsuit alleging that he mishandled litigation in which a state appeals court tossed a $102 million verdict issued against the state’s child protection agency over severe injuries suffered by a boy at the hands of his father.

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Man accused of sexually abusing foster child in Rainbow City, more victims possible

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. (WIAT) —  A Rainbow City man is accused of sexually abusing a teenage foster child he helped care for, and police say there could be more victims.

Donald Eugene Kelley, 49, is charged with second-degree sodomy, but the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Sudbury judge faces discipline over child welfare case: 'He's tearing my little girl apart'

A Sudbury judge facing a disciplinary hearing has failed in his bid to get text messages thrown out where he allegedly tries to interfere in a child protection matter.

Justice John Keast exchanged text messages with Lynda Cullain, a long-time friend who worked as a manager at the Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

More >> Sudbury judge faces discipline over child welfare case: 'He's tearing my little girl apart'

Florida child protective services investigator arrested for falsifying interview records

The FDLA has arrested former Department of Children and Families child protective investigator Jason Robert Kent, 44, for falsifying records.

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Memorial held for children at orphanage who died in Halifax Explosion

HALIFAX – They came to the orphanage because their families could not care for them. Then, disaster struck.

The wards of the Halifax Protestant Orphanage were as young as three and as old as 13 when a massive explosion tore through Halifax in 1917.

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Father fights San Francisco CPS and kangeroo court system

Joseph Bartholomew has no memories of his mother other than knowing that he loved her with all his heart. She died suddenly when he was 5 years old. There is nothing more traumatic for children than suffering the loss of a parent. The sudden loss and heartache drove Joseph to exhibit behavior problems all through his childhood and adolescence.

At the age of 12, Joseph landed in juvenile hall for the first time – the Youth Guidance Center at 375 Woodside Ave. in San Francisco – for vandalism. After that he was in and out of San Francisco’s juvenile justice system. In the Mission District of his childhood, gangs were prevalent. By the age of 14, Joseph got mixed up in them and started committing crimes like robbery and petty theft and drug dealing.

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Damage caused at the Child Welfare offices

Suspects caused damage to the Child Welfare vehicles that were parked at the office in Jellicoe Street this weekend.

On Sunday, November 26 at 03:30 Ms Alrina Kleynhans from Child Welfare received a call from the security company about a break in at the premises.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Foster parent accused of sexually abusing male juvenile



Rainbow City police arrested a foster parent with a network of foster homes and charged him with sexual abuse of a male juvenile, according to Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton.

Donald Eugene Kelley, 49, of Rainbow City, turned himself in at the Etowah County Detention Center after Det. Je’Michael Bonner obtained a warrant charging him with second-degree sodomy.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Baby taken from foster family found safe 3 years later

LYNNWOOD — A baby taken from her foster family in California three years ago was found safe in Lynnwood on Thursday.

The girl, now 4, and her father apparently had been living in south Everett, according to local police. The father, 48, adopted a different last name and sold cars over Craigslist to make money.

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Mother fighting CPS for her children says her lawyer ‘made me feel like garbage’

Joseph Bartholomew has no memories of his mother other than knowing that he loved her with all his heart. She died suddenly when he was 5 years old. There is nothing more traumatic for children than suffering the loss of a parent. The sudden loss and heartache drove Joseph to exhibit behavior problems all through his childhood and adolescence.

More >> Mother fighting CPS for her children says her lawyer ‘made me feel like garbage’

Friday, December 01, 2017

DCFS caseworker allegedly sought child sex

A former state child care investigator in Pekin sought sex for hire from a 14-year-old girl who then took part in robbing him, charges filed Friday allege.

Melvin Devall, 58, also allegedly lied to police about the circumstances that led him to being robbed by two young men and another juvenile who accosted him in woods at Coal Miners Park in August 2016.

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Former DCF spokesman charged in child porn case



You'd think he'd know better, eh?

Thomas William Barnes told police the content included depictions of sexual intercourse with children as young as 6.

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Indigenous survivors of abuse in group homes want to sue Canada

When Christine Mullin thinks back on her childhood, words fail her.

“They’re in there, they just won’t come out,” says the 56-year-old. After a moment, she presses on describing her early life in the Ridgeview Home, an institution for Indigenous children in Whitehorse, Yukon.

More >> Indigenous survivors of abuse in group homes want to sue Canada

For Texas grandparents raising children, 'we have to fight' to get state help

A $733 federal disability check doesn’t stretch far each month when you have more than a dozen children to feed and clothe.

But don’t tell Betty Smith – the mother of four adopted youngsters (ages 10, 14, 16 and 18) and legal guardian of 12 of her grandchildren (ages 10 months to 16 years old) – that life threw her a raw deal.

More >> For Texas grandparents raising children, 'we have to fight' to get state help

How B.C.’s ill-equipped system spawned the longest child welfare fight in Canada’s history

The B.C. Court of Appeal’s stunning reversal of a lower court decision that found the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) allowed a Vancouver father to sexually abuse his kids is highlighting some major gaps in the justice system.

More >> How B.C.’s ill-equipped system spawned the longest child welfare fight in Canada’s history

CPS commissioner: Child Protective Services failed Sherin Mathews



The Child Protective Services commissioner, in an exclusive interview with WFAA, said he is disappointed with the department's investigation in the Sherin Mathews case and promises to get to the bottom of it.

More >> CPS commissioner: Child Protective Services failed Sherin Mathews

Note: They are going to milk this story for as long as they can.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Man allegedly stalked his DFCS worker after ‘she took his kids away’

A Floyd County man was arrested last week after he allegedly stalked a worker with the Division of Family and Children Services, officials said.

More >> Man allegedly stalked his DFCS worker after ‘she took his kids away’

More US kids in foster care; parental drug abuse a factor

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor, according to new federal data released on Thursday.

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted 437,500 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2016, up from about 427,400 a year earlier.

More >> More US kids in foster care; parental drug abuse a factor

State pays $43,000 to settle lawsuit alleging cover up in horrific child abuse case



A former internal investigator at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services who alleged that her superiors wanted her to cover up mistakes made in a horrific child abuse case in Berea has settled her whistleblower lawsuit.

More >> State pays $43,000 to settle lawsuit alleging cover up in horrific child abuse case

Fired Child Protective Services supervisor demands job back

The attorney for a terminated Transylvania County Department of Social Services supervisor whom the courts ordered reinstated told Carolina Public Press this week that he’s planning to file a contempt complaint against the county and several officials who have refused to give the supervisor her job back.

More >> Fired Child Protective Services supervisor demands job back

15 States Ranked the Most Corrupt in America for 2017

This isn't about child welfare per say...

More >> 15 States Ranked the Most Corrupt in America for 2017

Alberta advocate says province not ‘doing enough fast enough’ to protect children

In Alberta, there are too many children in the child welfare system and too many who are trying to take their own lives says the provinces child and youth advocate.

“One of the things we are quite concerned about with Indigenous young people is the number of people in care of the government,” said Del Graff. “They are vastly over-represented in Alberta.

More >> Alberta advocate says province not ‘doing enough fast enough’ to protect children

As Artificial Intelligence Grows in Government, Experts Urge Caution

A.I. simulates human intelligence and changes the way it behaves without intervention. It can perform both simple and complex tasks. For example, A.I. can schedule meetings for workers, search for documents or even fill in forms by asking users specific questions. In the case of the more complex situations, A.I. can predict the best time for a caseworker to intervene in a child welfare case.

More >> As Artificial Intelligence Grows in Government, Experts Urge Caution

CRISIS OF FAITH Approximately 394 Muslim foster kids placed with Christian families — and 101 Christians kids placed with Muslims

We asked all 152 councils across England for details of cross-religious fostering involving Christians and Muslims.

Just over half — 79 — refused, meaning the true total is likely to be far higher.

More >> CRISIS OF FAITH Approximately 394 Muslim foster kids placed with Christian families — and 101 Christians kids placed with Muslims

Study Suggests Florida Could Use Less Foster Care, More “Light Touch” Help for Families

The number of Florida youth in foster care fell from 29,229 in 2006 to 18,040 in 2013. But the number is on a steady incline again, up to 24,059 as of this summer.

The state has struggled to recruit enough foster homes to keep up with the increase. But a study out of one of Florida’s most populous counties suggests that much of this new influx could be handled without the use of an out-of-home placement, and in some cases, without much child welfare involvement at all.

More >> Study Suggests Florida Could Use Less Foster Care, More “Light Touch” Help for Families

Foster care license suspended following child's death

An investigation into the death of a toddler at a St. Paul foster home has caused state regulators to temporarily suspend the caregivers' license.

More >> Foster care license suspended following child's death

Sherin Mathews' doctor warned CPS months before death that 3-year-old had been abused



A Dallas doctor who examined Sherin Mathews in March and found she had several bone fractures called Child Protective Services to report concerns that the 3-year-old had been hurt at the hands of her parents.

"I tried, actually, very hard to find another good explanation, and I didn't have one," said Suzanne Dakil of the Referral and Evaluation of At Risk Children Clinic, also known as REACH.

More >> Sherin Mathews' doctor warned CPS months before death that 3-year-old had been abused

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Foster care policy ‘helps cross-county traffickers’

A “morally irresponsible” policy of placing children from London into foster care far from the city is fuelling the spread of cross-country drug trafficking, a senior head teacher has warned.

More >> Foster care policy ‘helps cross-county traffickers’

Sherin Mathews' foster mother Sini seeks right to visit her biological daughter, to remain under house arrest



Houston: The foster mother of a three-year-old Indian girl, who was found dead in a culvert in Dallas last month, on Wednesday returned to court and sought right to visit her biological daughter.

Sini Ann Mathews, 35, on Tuesday managed to get her bail bond slashed to $1,00,000 from $2,50,000 but would remain under house arrest and wear an ankle monitor.

More >> Sherin Mathews' foster mother Sini seeks right to visit her biological daughter, to remain under house arrest

Immigrant Parents Jailed in Texas Fight to Reunite With Kids

Fighting to dismiss charges of illegally entering the country while separated from their children they brought north with them, five Central Americans claim the government is keeping them in the dark about their children’s whereabouts and giving them no choice but to plead guilty to reunite their families.

More >> Immigrant Parents Jailed in Texas Fight to Reunite With Kids

Child protective investigator arrested for allegedly falsifying records

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A child protective investigator has been arrested for allegedly falsifying records.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 44-year-old Jason Kent, a former Department of Children and Families child protective investigator, falsified records of face-to-face interviews on seven different child endangerment cases from December of 2014 to April of 2015.

More >> Child protective investigator arrested for allegedly falsifying records

China child abuse scandal: Police accuse parents of making claims up

A child abuse scandal that has rocked China took a shocking turn Tuesday, as police accused two parents for fabricating tales of their children being drugged and molested at a Beijing kindergarten.

More >> China child abuse scandal: Police accuse parents of making claims up

Minn. 2-year-old's death in foster home investigated

After a 2-year-old girl died in a St. Paul residence this month, the state suspended the home's foster care license.

Police said Tuesday they continue to investigate the circumstances of the child's death on Nov. 13. No one has been arrested and police have not said whether they believe the girl's death is suspicious.

More >> Minn. 2-year-old's death in foster home investigated

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mum grilled by cops and social services after her newborn son sucked on his own arm leaving a red mark



Kirsty Clarke, 33, had to wait two days in hospital as docs scanned her newborn and social workers quizzed her seven-year-old son

More >> Mum grilled by cops and social services after her newborn son sucked on his own arm leaving a red mark

Orphaned child’s 10-year battle for a birth certificate

For the past ten years, Bronwyn Moss and her family have been battling to register an orphaned child with the Department of Home Affairs.

Moss, from Mooinooi in North West Province, has been advised to adopt the child in order to get his documents, but she cannot adopt without documents proving who he is.

More >> Orphaned child’s 10-year battle for a birth certificate

Sherin’s foster mother’s bail bond reduced to $100,000

The foster mother of a three-year- old Indian girl, who was found dead in a culvert in the US state of Texas last month, has managed to get her bail bond reduced to USD 100,000 from USD 250,000 but she would remain under house arrest and wear an ankle monitor.

More >> Sherin’s foster mother’s bail bond reduced to $100,000

Monday, November 27, 2017

BREAKING: Child Protective Services Knocks At Obama’s Door After Sasha Is Caught With Cocaine

Note: I assume this to be fake news.  I'm posting it because it's an interesting story.

Barack and Michael Obama may have stayed in Washington D.C. to give their youngest daughter Sasha a chance to finish school, but she may not do that if she keeps this up.

Child Protective Services reportedly showed up at the former President’s $4.7 million dollar mansion that doubles as his “resistance headquarters” on Wednesday after an incident that occurred at Sasha’s exclusive private school, the Hastings Academy.

More >> BREAKING: Child Protective Services Knocks At Obama’s Door After Sasha Is Caught With Cocaine

Lawsuits challenge Nebraska's denial of extended foster care to immigrant youth

Nebraska Appleseed has asked a judge to review the state's denial of extended foster care benefits to two 19-year-olds due to their immigration status.

Both teens — one in Omaha, the other in Schuyler — aged out of the state's foster care system and have federal Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

More >> Lawsuits challenge Nebraska's denial of extended foster care to immigrant youth

Phyllis Gilmore’s startling admission about foster-care runaways

Ten years ago, my organization released a report on Kansas child welfare. We noted that the state was taking children from their families at a rate far above the national average, even when rates of child poverty were factored in.

More >> Phyllis Gilmore’s startling admission about foster-care runaways

Judge Kurt Pomrenke to be immediately removed from office

The Virginia Supreme Court has ordered that Juvenile Judge Kurt Pomrenke be removed from office.

A document dated today from the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission of Virginia says that Pomrenke’s conduct affects public confidence in the judiciary, the confidence of coordinate branches of government, the reputation of the judiciary, and the expectations of our fellow judges.

More >> Judge Kurt Pomrenke to be immediately removed from office

CPS Grabs Newborn Baby From A Disabled Christian Mother After The Parents Expressed A Desire Not To Vaccinate

Sometimes a story comes along that makes your blood boil, and this is one of them.  All over the nation CPS is stealing children from Christian families that express concerns about the safety of vaccines, but I never expected it to happen in north Idaho.  Actually, a large number of families from all over the country have moved to Idaho in recent years specifically because of the vaccine issue.  In Idaho, there is no legal requirement to vaccinate your children, and so no child should ever be taken away because parents do not intend to vaccinate.  Unfortunately, that appears to be what happened in this case.

More >> CPS Grabs Newborn Baby From A Disabled Christian Mother After The Parents Expressed A Desire Not To Vaccinate

How the Foster Care System Fails So Many Kids—And How We Can Do Better | Sixto Cancel, Think of Us

A video from the Clinton Foundation.  So you know what they're saying.


When it comes to life after foster care, there is typically not a lot of hope on the horizon, says Sixto Cancel, who has been in and out of the foster care system since he was 11 months old. He was lucky enough to take part in programs that set him up for an independent life when he turned 18—how to manage finances, find a job, apply for an apartment, buy a car—but his story is the exception, not the rule. The stats are not good: 20 percent of young people in foster care will experience homelessness within the first two years of leaving the system. 50 percent are underemployed. Only 3 percent earn a bachelor's degree. These negative outcomes are the reason Cancel founded Think of Us, a non-profit platform that gives vulnerable youths tools and resources to plan their life, and empowers them to build a network of adult mentors they trust.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Former Clinton Foundation Executive Tied to Chinese Kindergartens Investigated for Child Abuse

For the second time, a Chinese kindergarten run by the RYB Education New World company is being investigated for abusing children, this time with allegations of staff injecting children with unknown substances, feeding them white pills, and forcing them to strip naked for “health checks” by nude men.

The Beijing-based, New York-listed RYB Education company has Joel Getz as an independent director. Getz was president of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and is the former director of development for the Clinton Foundation.

More >> Former Clinton Foundation Executive Tied to Chinese Kindergartens Investigated for Child Abuse

Kansas’ lax requirements for social workers fail the state’s children and families

In the aftermath of five high-profile child deaths, record numbers of children entering foster care and recent reports of the Kansas Department for Children and Families using gag orders to cover its shortcomings, DCF is clearly in crisis.

More >> Kansas’ lax requirements for social workers fail the state’s children and families

What is Foster Care Panic? And Does it Affect Child Welfare in Michigan? (Pt. 4)

Perfect parents do not exist. Only human parents trying their best.

More >> What is Foster Care Panic? And Does it Affect Child Welfare in Michigan? (Pt. 4)

Most children in Iowa's foster care system reunite with their birthparents, some never find their way back

After the state moved Nicolas back into the care of his birth mother, Breanne French tried to accept he wasn’t hers to keep.

More >> Most children in Iowa's foster care system reunite with their birthparents, some never find their way back

Canada to Pay Millions in Indigenous Lawsuit Over Forced Adoptions

OTTAWA — For decades, Canadian social workers forcibly separated indigenous children from their families, putting them up for adoption by nonnative families in Canada and around the world.

On Friday, the Canadian government took a step to make amends for that adoption program, which began in the 1960s and lasted till the 1980s, by agreeing to pay 750 million Canadian dollars in legal settlements.

More >> Canada to Pay Millions in Indigenous Lawsuit Over Forced Adoptions

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Canada's Trudeau Apologises For Boarding School Abuse

Justin Trudeau has apologised to hundreds of indigenous peoples in Canada who were forcibly placed into a system of boarding schools that were rife with abuse, but some local leaders say the prime minister's apology does not go far enough.

Trudeau apologised to the indigenous students who attended residential schools in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, on Canada's east coast, on Friday morning.

More >> Canada's Trudeau Apologises For Boarding School Abuse

Disproportionate number of Aboriginal children in foster care

Stories in the news about children in foster care are often tragic — their endings tend to involve things such as homelessness, addiction or even death.

But there are strategies that could turn those twisted tales upside down and improve the lives of young children whose families fall apart.

More >> Disproportionate number of Aboriginal children in foster care

Friday, November 24, 2017

New leader of Kansas’ troubled child welfare department promises ‘new transparent agency’

TOPEKA - The newly appointed leader of Kansas’ embattled child welfare system said she will conduct a top-to-bottom review of the department and push for a “new transparent agency.”

Gina Meier-Hummel said the department also must thoroughly review and learn from cases where children are killed or severely injured. For months, critics of DCF have said the agency is more interested in protecting itself than the state’s most vulnerable children.

More >> New leader of Kansas’ troubled child welfare department promises ‘new transparent agency’

How ‘flawed’ B.C. court rulings tore 4 kids away from their dad for 5 years and counting

It’s one of the most alarming family justice cases in Canadian history: A high-conflict custody battle with allegations of sexual abuse by a father and incompetence by B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that raises serious questions about how our system deals with families at their breaking point.

More >> How ‘flawed’ B.C. court rulings tore 4 kids away from their dad for 5 years and counting

Foster dad, 45, and 65-year-old man are arrested for ‘running a prostitution ring out of a Massachusetts senior living facility, pimping out kids in his care and paying them with heroin and cocaine’



A foster dad allegedly pimped out children in his care along with a 65-year-old accomplice as they ran a prostitution ring from an apartment at a senior living facility in Massachusetts.

Pittsfield police arrested 65-year-old Joseph Van Wert and 45-year-old foster dad Randy Lambach and held them without bail on charges including human trafficking.

More >> Foster dad, 45, and 65-year-old man are arrested for ‘running a prostitution ring out of a Massachusetts senior living facility, pimping out kids in his care and paying them with heroin and cocaine’


After long custody battle, children to soon return to parents

TOPEKA – While the family of Raymond and Amelia Schwab celebrated Thanksgiving together for the first time in three years, the couple, who have been engaged in a longstanding custody battle with the state, say the fight isn’t over.

Raymond Schwab said he has “woken up to what’s happening within the system,” and will continue to be vocal about the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

More >> After long custody battle, children to soon return to parents

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Report says multiple DCFS workers in Illinois attacked

CHICAGO • At least a dozen Illinois Department of Children and Family Services workers have been attacked or seriously threatened while trying to protect children or investigate mistreatment allegations since 2013, according to a newspaper's analysis.

More >> Report says multiple DCFS workers in Illinois attacked

HOMESCHOOLING GROUP SUES NYC OVER ‘SYSTEMATIC MISTREATMENT’

A homeschooling advocacy group is suing the government of New York City (NYC) for “systematic mistreatment of homeschoolers” because the city’s slow processing of paperwork has resulted in homeschooling families being falsely accused of crimes.

More >> HOMESCHOOLING GROUP SUES NYC OVER ‘SYSTEMATIC MISTREATMENT’

State ranked 1st in count of kids of jailed parents



Arkansas surpasses all other states in the percentage of its children who have had a parent or guardian locked up, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

More >> State ranked 1st in count of kids of jailed parents

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sisters take legal action against Glasgow City Council after foster parent 'abuse'

THREE sisters are taking legal action against a council, claiming they were abused by their foster carers for nearly two decades.

The siblings say they were “beaten and abused” by John and Alma Cassidy in Glasgow during the 1990s and 2000s. According to a newspaper, Alma Cassidy is said to have physically attacked the girls by day, while her husband subjectedthem to sexual attacks at night.

More >> Sisters take legal action against Glasgow City Council after foster parent 'abuse'

FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a lifetime of torture and abuse, seven-year-old Adrian Jones died in a shower stall where he was held prisoner, beaten and starved. His body was then fed to the family's pigs.

More >> FOX 4 investigation finds systemic failures at Kansas DCF that allowed Adrian Jones’ torture to continue

Prison for Windsor Twp. foster father who molested boy



A Windsor Township pedophile who had a foster child placed with him by York County caseworkers despite his previous convictions must serve at least five years in prison for sexually assaulting the foster child.

More >> Prison for Windsor Twp. foster father who molested boy

Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

BETHESDA, Maryland — Youth in the foster care system are leaving before they age out of the system, a new report finds.

Forty states offer at least some form of support for youths until their 21st birthday, yet nearly three-quarters of social service officials told researchers that their wards were overwhelmingly leaving the system when they turned 18, Child Trends says in a new report. It doesn’t address the reason why.

More >> Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

Kentucky still working out how to pay grandparents, others providing free foster care

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's top social services official said Monday that the state is still working out how to pay some relatives, many of them grandparents, who have been providing free foster care to children removed from homes because of abuse or neglect.

But Adria Johnson, commissioner of the state Department for Community Based Services, said officials can't say when payments of around $25 a day might start for those who qualify under the court ruling.

More >> Kentucky still working out how to pay grandparents, others providing free foster care

Major child protection non-compliance in Cork foster care services

An inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has found major and recurring problems with the ability of Tusla foster services in Cork to properly protect children.

The inspection report by Hiqa was critical that the service area had no system in place to ensure children were not placed with foster carers who had open allegations made against them.

More >> Major child protection non-compliance in Cork foster care services

Sherin's foster mom seeks bond reduction hearing: report

Houston, Nov 22 The Indian-American foster mother of Sherin Mathews who was found dead in a culvert in Dallas under suspicious circumstances, has requested a bond reduction hearing in her child endangerment case, according to a media report today.

More >> Sherin's foster mom seeks bond reduction hearing: report

Jail is wrong for Herring

The editorial, “Life in Prison” regarding the Herring case, got it all wrong. First off, it makes too simplified of a conclusion, that Herring deserved life in prison and second, the piece fails to mention exactly how her lawyers blew it.

Failing to mention that a psychological evaluation showed that Herring suffered from delusions and anxiety, which was brought up in court at the sentencing hearing, is important. Clearly, Herring is emotionally disturbed and mentally unstable. Having delusions is an indicator of that. In cases of PTSD, delusions and anxiety are present, too. The lawyers needed to show the court just how disturbed she was at the time of the murders. Instead, they agreed to a plea deal for criminal charges and jail. Herring really needs to be in a mental hospital receiving psychiatric care. She won’t get that in jail.

More >> Jail is wrong for Herring

Foster father of slain schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is indicted for the 12-year-old's murder and dumping her body on a riverbank



Rick Thorburn has been indicted for the murder of his 12-year-old foster daughter Tiahleigh Palmer in October 2015.

Tiahleigh's body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River six days after she went missing while in the care of Thorburn and his family.

More >> Foster father of slain schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is indicted for the 12-year-old's murder and dumping her body on a riverbank

I-Team: Questions raised after child dies in foster care

LAS VEGAS - A foster father accused of killing the boy he was supposed to be caring for calls it an accident.

Craig Dickens says he became a foster parent to 1-year-old Daevon Branon-Banks after a short interview with Child Protective Services, or CPS, and a background check but no training. Four months later, he was accused of killing the child.

More >> I-Team: Questions raised after child dies in foster care

Judges under 'intolerable pressure' from social media, says new Lord Chief Justice



Judges are being put under "intolerable pressure" by social media users who criticise their decisions, the Lord Chief Justice has said.

In his first interview since becoming the most senior judge in England and Wales last month, Sir Ian Burnett warned that abuse of judges "undermines the rule of law" and damages confidence in the judiciary.

More >> Judges under 'intolerable pressure' from social media, says new Lord Chief Justice

More: They should learn to suck it up.

Court finds state lacked evidence to sever mother's rights

PHOENIX
The Arizona Court of Appeals has reversed a decision that severed a woman's parental rights to her two children, ruling the state lacked evidence to support the action.

The panel of three judges sent the case back down to the juvenile court last week after finding faults in how the state Department of Child Safety constructed the case, The Arizona Republic reported .

More >> Court finds state lacked evidence to sever mother's rights

Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker

A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them.

Portia Larlee started her role in communities in north central B.C. in 2015 and said she lasted a year and a half before she quit out of frustration. She said most of her clients were Indigenous.

"It was mostly neglect related to poverty that would put parents at risk of state intervention,"  she explained.

More >> Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker

Foster parent shortage in Scotland leads to one in five sibling groups being split up

A report published by the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s social care watchdog, revealed that three in four councils reported instances where the number of children requiring a foster care placement was greater than the placements available.

More >> Foster parent shortage in Scotland leads to one in five sibling groups being split up

Note: That and the fact that they're stealing too many kids.

ACLU: Forcing Faith Out of Adoption

It may have been unintentional, but a recent lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union could nonetheless result in many children being displaced from adoption agencies who would otherwise have been happy to care for them and find families to adopt them.

The ACLU is currently suing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Children’s Services Agency for allowing religious adoption agencies to adhere to their faith tenets as they conduct their work—which for them means placing children in a home with a mom and a dad.

More >> ACLU: Forcing Faith Out of Adoption

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Canada legalized euthanasia. Now parents are asking doctors to kill their sick kids

TORONTO, November 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Euthanasia has been legal in Canada for just over a year and pediatricians are already “increasingly” being asked by parents to euthanize disabled or dying children and infants, a survey by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has found.

American anti-euthanasia activist Wesley Smith said the results of the survey prove the morally slippery slope that a nation slides down when it agrees that “killing is an acceptable answer to human suffering.”

More >> Canada legalized euthanasia. Now parents are asking doctors to kill their sick kids

Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up

Almost 20% of sibling groups taken into care were split up because of a difficulty in finding suitable placements, a report has said.

The Care Inspectorate report said more high quality fostering and adoption places were needed.

Almost 60% of local authorities had difficulties placing sibling groups.

More >> Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up

Junction City man accused of sexually abusing foster child, 10

Oregon State Police troopers are looking for a Junction City man accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care, according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week in Lane County Circuit Court.

Joe Albert Raygosa, 45, and his family, including his wife and three biological children, abruptly moved from their rental home on Pine Court in Junction City last month after Eugene police questioned him about the sexual abuse allegations made by one of two former foster children.

More >> Junction City man accused of sexually abusing foster child, 10

Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

Youth in the foster care system are leaving before they age out of the system, a new report finds.

Forty states offer at least some form of support for youths until their 21st birthday, yet nearly three-quarters of social service officials told researchers that their wards were overwhelmingly leaving the system when they turned 18, Child Trends says in a new report. It doesn’t address the reason why.

More >>> Foster Care Youths Leaving the System Before They Age Out, Study Finds

Schwabs say Court is allowing children to return home



TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The couple who staged a hunger strike on the steps of the Kansas Capitol to protest the state taking their children is getting their kids back.

Raymond and Amelia Schwab tell 13 NEWS a Riley County judge ruled Monday that the family should be re-integrated. They'll have unsupervised weekend visits while they arrange for schooling and medical care in Colorado, where the couple now lives, with four of the children permanently going home over Christmas break. The fifth will remain with his grandmother in Kansas to finish high school.

More >> Schwabs say Court is allowing children to return home

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